DC Council will vote on new emergency legislation on the COVID-19 public health emergency on Tuesday, April 7th. Check out this post to learn what we know so far. We will update it as necessary with information on the new legislation.
As People Power Action heads into its fourth year, its members will continue to provide invaluable knowledge for District residents through their trainings, and continue to build a welcoming community for people who want to push for transformation of systemic injustices.
More than a year and a half after the law that governs shelter and housing changed, the Bowser Administration has released regulations interpreting the new sections.
Last winter, the DC Housing Authority released a report that concluded that the District’s public housing stock was in crisis, with 2500 of its units “nearly uninhabitable.” Since that point we have been working with fellow advocates to figure out a path forward that appropriately balances the pressing needs of current tenants for habitable units with the preservation of deeply affordable, low barrier public housing.
What does this double standard say about DC values? It says that DC implicitly trusts the word of for-profit corporations seeking tax abatements more than it trusts the words of its own residents seeking lifesaving services.
Take a moment to thank your Councilmembers if they made an effort to fund affordable housing so far this budget, and ask them if they can find a way to do more to #FindTheMoney to #PutPeopleFirst before the second vote!